5 Jul 19

Diesel increases in growing German LCV market

Dataforce has released figures for the performance of the LCV market in Germany over the first five months of this year. The market analyst starts by pointing out that with almost 245,000 new registrations, the LCV Fleet Market reached a new record last year, and asking whether this growth could be sustained. After the first five months, it goes on to say, the answer seems to be  ‘yes’ as there has been an impressive growth of 12.3%. And so it is not surprising that nine of the top 10 brands were able to increase their registration volume compared to the period of January to May 2018. Only Renault was slightly down, cumulatively at -2.5%, but after a difficult first quarter, in April and May the French brand gained its highest market share since October 2017.

Even though there were no position changes in the top 10 brand ranking compared to the previous year, the volume growth varied considerably. The most notable growth was achieved by Iveco in ninth place, with an increase of 36.0%. Ford (ranked third behind VW and Mercedes) was also able to increase its volume significantly with a plus of 20.8% and this was further reflected in the model ranking. Following the Volkswagen Transporter, Mercedes Sprinter, Volkswagen Caddy, Mercedes Vito and Volkswagen Crafter, which all remained unchanged in the top five positions, there was a trio of Ford models: Transit Custom, Transit and Transit Connect, all of which were able to make significant gains. Fiat Ducato (again the undisputed number 1 in the segment of motorhomes) and Renault Trafic completed the group of the ten models with the highest registrations.

Outside this group, the Iveco Daily and the group of car derived vans, in particular Citroen Berlingo, Opel Combo and Fiat Doblo also managed to shine.

Alternative fuel types are progressing, if only slightly. The shift from diesel to petrol engines and/or alternative fuel types seen in the passenger car market is not (yet) visible in the LCV Fleet Market. Quite the contrary: the traditionally very high diesel share even increased further. Between January and May, 91.4% of all newly registered LCV were equipped with a diesel powertrain (previous year: 90.4%). This was at the expense of gasoline engines, whose share fell from 7.4% to 6.2%. Alternative fuels stagnated with a share ‘increase’ from 2.2% to 2.3%. And in this segment, one model stands out: at Nissan almost one out of four new registrations of the NV200 is in its electric version (photo).

Authored by: Tim Harrup